How one compassionate choice led to hundreds of fulfilled dreams
ECE’s first scholar, Melissa Patino Gonzalez, and Founder Dr. Mike Spalding share the moving circumstances that enabled hundreds of undocumented students in Tennessee to go to college. Story by Brad Schmitt of The Tennessean/USA TODAY Network, March 10, 2022.
An Equal Chance for All
In Tennessee, there are an estimated 8,000 DACA and Undocumented students who face impossible financial barriers toward higher education as they are not eligible for:
- In- state tuition at community colleges and public institutions
- State or Federal Funding
- Students loans
ECE scholars’ average age of arrival in the United States is 5 years old and they have thrived in our Tennessee school systems. At ECE we believe the logical and ethical solution is to provide equal opportunities for all Tennesseans.
Through scholarships, mentoring, and student centered programming, ECE has supported 486 scholars at 20 partner colleges and universities.
ECE To Date
Distributing 2.1 million dollars in scholarships annually, Equal Chance for Education scholars reported an average 3.27 GPA and maintain a 96% retention rate.
ECE has supported 486 scholars at 20 Tennessee colleges and universities. Currently, ECE enrolls 333 students at the following universities:
Apply for a Scholarship
If you are a student in Tennessee, you may qualify for an ECE Scholarship up to $25,000 if you have the following: